That capelet is looking very nice! I don't envy you working without a chart, oy vey doesn't begin to convey.
All the ideas above are great, beginner or not, keeping track of where you are can be challenging.
One pattern I've worked from has something like 54 rows. With this one I've used a magnetic board to hold my pattern, a couple of magnets to hold paper which blocks from my view any of the rows below the one that I currently work on.
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